Friday, January 9, 2009

An Angel among Us

See this beautiful Christmas card? It's almost as pretty as the one who sent it!
It came to me (in NC) all the way from Texas from a dear, sweet angel in Blogland!

I bet you want to know who, don't you? Don't worry, I'm going to tell you! ;O) I've never been good at keeping secrets for too long!

I know that many of you already know her because she visits tons of our blogs daily and leaves us the kindest words of encouragement.

You know this angel as Bo at Blinks 'N Winks from Brown-Eyes.

You see, when I first started my blog back in October of 2008, it was truly pitiful. So pitiful, in fact, that I almost considered not publishing a blog altogether. Looking back, that might have been for the best because I spend WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY too much time skipping around Blogland now, and working on my posts. At one time in November, I even feared getting a lecture from D.H. about the amount of time I was spending in Blogland! (I hear ya, Deb!) Whew!!! So far, so good! (Pray for me! It's a hard habit to break, AMEN?!)

Anyway, sweet Bo always encouraged me, and even offered suggestions. In her gentle Texas manner, always mindful not to offend me, she even suggested I move my "Followers" up higher on my sidebar (she was almost my ONLY FOLLOWER at the time - she's #2 on my list)! I don't think she has a mean bone in her body, and I bet she's never said a cross word to anyone (right, Sonny?)! I mean, I've always heard, "don't mess with Texas", but I don't think that's what they mean! LOL! I think she must have sensed I was getting discouraged, although I never said anything.

She's also helped me when I had questions about blogging and offered hints. As I've told some of you, I didn't even know how to work a digital camera until September, (some might say I still don't ;O), so I've come a long way!

Anyhoo, one day, I read a meme (who ever heard of that word before blogging?) over on her blog about some really bad things that have happened to her in her life. One, alone, would have been tragic, but she has had several, and yet she still perseveres.

So, even though my real mom is still alive (thank God!), Bo is like a mother to me in Blogland, because she watches out for me, and shows me the ropes, just like a mother would look out for her child, so, I heart her dearly, even though we have never actually met in person. Isn't that the beauty of blogging? Only bloggers get it!

As she posted earlier, I sent a few gifts to her for Christmas, that I just felt she should have. I tell you this because she sent me the sweetest thank you note I have EVER in my 40-something years received. I literally cried and cried, and didn't think I could get through it. That my friends, was really my BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT! My heart was full. She is just a dear.

But, I told you she was sweet, and do you know that she also sent my family a gift that arrived just before Christmas? I was so excited, I forgot to take a picture of the box! Sorry!

As you might have noticed, I have a slight (A-hem) "Christmas problem", and one of my favorite gifts to receive are ornaments because each one tells a story. I don't remember ever telling Bo this before. For me, they represent something you enjoy like a hobby, something you collect or that's beautiful, or they are generally given to you by someone dear to you. They mean alot to me whether they are homemade or store bought. They just all have sentimental value to me!

Well, that is exactly what she sent. So let's take a lookie at them, shall we?

These beautiful glass fish ornaments that she sent me, went on my beach house's main tree.

Not trying to brag, but aren't they gorgeous?

And she sent Sweet Baby these beautiful fairy ornaments, that of course look perfect on her pink tree. Bo said they are collectible, and was so kind to pass them along to my sweetie.

Are they sweet, or what?

I think they're just beautiful! They have an ethereal quality, don't they?

And she didn't even forget to include my husband. She sent this golfer ornament to him, which is now on another tree at the beach! (Yes, they're still up!)

Isn't he cute? My husband loves him!

Bo knows us so well! She could have sent nothing, and I would still think she's the best thing since sliced bread! But now all of you know how great she is too!

Thanks so much for EVERYTHING, sweet Bo (and Sonny too)! WE LOVE IT ALL!!! More importantly, thanks for being a great friend and mentor! I BIG PUFFY HEART YOU!

If you haven't met her, please take yourself straight over to her blog (it's linked above) and meet her. I promise you will never regret it!

I am STILL trying (hard) not be so OCD over this spacing thing, or the lack thereof, in my posts. If anyone figures out why they won't hold, for my sanity sake (what's left), please come over and tell me A.S.A.P.! THANKS!!!



Amelia said...

Bo is a sweetheart - I agree.

To answer your problem about spacing try this...use these keystrokes at the beginning of each paragraph:

See if that works and let me know.

Here is hoping your weekend is full of fun and blessings!


Melissa Miller said...

How sweet of her!
Bo is a lovely heart.

Very pretty ornaments!
Lucky you. :)

Happy To Be said...

Great post today about a great could anyone not love our BO ?? I visit her all the time and she was the first person in Oct to visit with me..and girl I was so afaid of this blogging thing as I had not a CLUE what I was doing or how to do it..I sent many an emails to Picket asking her how and why..Thanks for sharing what a GREAT person our BO is...hope you have a safe and blessed day...hugs and smiles Gloria

Jen Sue Wild said...

Well I don't know Bo but she sounds like one amazeing women.
I love the card she sent.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

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The Kramer Angle said...


I find your post very interesting today considering you have been JUST LIKE Bo for me today! Helpful with my blog, encouraging, supportive and wonderful. I guess"what goes around, comes around"!

Thank you so much for passing on what you have learned from Bo to me. It's the whole next generation of bloggers thing.

Thank You!


Anonymous said...

Those tree decs are really pretty. I need new ones on my tree as 8 got smashed when it fell over this year.

What a lovely person Bo is. I'm off to check out her blog right now!

imjacobsmom said...

Wow! You sure received some pretty ornaments! Bo is so sweet! I think your blog is great! Feel free to pass some pointers on to me.....Robyn

Kristen said...

Bo is wonderful and how sweet of her to help you in so many ways.
It's a good thing you have so many trees to display these new ornaments proudly!

Bo said...

My dear, precious little Tar...If you could see my face right now you'd see the biggest smile EVER & a big, rosy blush all over it! You thrill me with your kind words... I really don't know much about blogging and sweet Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality & darling BJ @ Sweet Nothings helped me so much in my early days...This community is so kind & generous and I don't think it would be quite as wonderful without YOU in it!!! Thanks for being my blog-daughter.
♥ Bo

Stacey said...

You are so right - Bo is as sweet as they come. She always has something nice to say. Isn't it just the neatest thing to make connections like that?

Lynette said...

What a great post Tar!! I love Bo - she is such a sweety and it was so thoughtful of her to send you and your family those gifts of the heart!!
I love blogland and meeting new blog buddies!!
Good talking with you and will wait to hear back from you!!

Anonymous said...

How sweet. I am obsessed with the spacing too LOL.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Oh Now I know the whole story :) thanks for sharing that..
Your ornaments are just darling love the pink tree too..(:)
Bo is a sweet doll~!!
hugs, Patty

The W.O.W. factor said...

What a great gift! or rather Gifts!And what a wonderful friend you have in Bo!
I love the glass fish ornaments!!
(do you want me find a snake for your tree next year? ..*wink*..

The Muse said...

What a nice tribute :)
and she does seem to know your tastes quite well... :) everything looks just lovely... I am happy that you have a great friend in blog~land :)

mbkatc230 said...

What a great post. Bo is a doll, she always stops by with sweet things to say. She's given this new blogger confidence to keep it up! And I'm so glad that she encouraged you, because you have a great blog yourself! Kathy

rebel said...

I have the same problem as you with spacing. When I see Amelia's answer to your problem, I don't see the keystrokes to use at the beginnin' of each paragraph. Could you please tell me what they are. I need help too. I can't believe you just started your blog in October, I thought you had been doin' it for a long time.
Love your blog.

rebel said...

And this was a great post about your good friend. I'm goin' over to her blog. Thanks

Raggedy Girl said...

Bo is really sweet but so are you and what a lovely post. I am new to blogging and so many people have been so nice and have helped me.
Roberta Anne

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Bo is a kind & big hearted friend to all, & after all she IS from TX!!!

She really knows your family well to send you all the things that you each individually love!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Bo is a sweetheart! Always so kind and encouraging! The ornaments she sent are fabulous! I especially love the fairies! :)

Oh, and you blog like a pro! I love your blog! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful and beautiful thank you post!

I've enjoyed getting to know Bo and you, through blogland.

You are so very right when you say, those who don't know about blogging, don't understand the appeal. It's a wonderful community, but I do get some strange looks when I try to explain the concept of blogging.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Tar, I'm popping up over here from a link on my friend Kim's mermaid blog! Have got to tell you that I absolutely adore Bo! She is a real encourager and sweetheart, and it doesn't surprise me one bit that she would do something this sweet for your family and include a note that would fill your heart. She's a dear. :-)

But it also sounds to me like she has a wonderful friend in YOU! :-) I loved reading this post, and I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2009. And don't feel alone in being technologically challenged. If it hadn't been for several good bloggy friends... Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Rue from Rue'sPBJ Life, Janie from Southern Lagniappe and Kim from Daisy Cottage... helping me with questions, I might still be sitting on start! :-) Oh, and Mr. Magpie helped LOTS! LOL!

I still haven't figured out all the gizmos, but I'm learning. I started up a couple of months ago (can't remember now the exact date). I had blogged with several blogs, but was too afraid of all the technology to try. Then suddenly one day I jumped in with both feet. LOL! I haven't had a good night's sleep since. Up at all hours blogging. ;-)

Speaking of blogs, love yours!


Sheila :-)

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

My husband still doesn't understand the charm of blogging or the relationships that develop...MEN!

Beverly said...

I agree that Bo is one in a million. Her sweet and fun nature come through in ever word and picture she shares with us. She is a good heart. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I am bookmarking your link right this minute because I keep loosing you.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Bo is such a sweet lady. She is so loved in Blogland, and this is just a wonderful tribute to her. I say Amen to everything you said. Now, as far as Amelia's response to your problem, the keystrokes she is suggesting do not show up on my computer??? I want to know the secret too. laurie

Monkeybean said...

Hey~ I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for wishing me happy birthday and for going along with my silly sweet moms idea!
Have a great day

Beth in NC said...

Bo sounds so sweet. I'll have to check out her blog.

Thank God for helpful blogging friends! I'm fairly new to blogland myself and had to ask some questions (I still have more - lol).

Your ornaments are beautiful!!!


Dee said...

Geez I can't help but love BO too!

Femin Susan said...

bo is very kind. Exactly How many helpful friends have you got. I think you will have handful of them.

Miss Janice said...

Oh, that was a sweet post about Bo. I also enjoy her blog! I have that spacing thing problem also! Please drop by my blog--I have a special friend who needs all our prayers:-)

Kathleen Ellis said...

How sweet! The friendliness and kindness of our fellow bloggers is really touching, isn't it?! Puts a smile on my face everyday!

Thanks for stopping by my first Pink Saturday post...always enjoy your visits!
Have a great week!

Sandi McBride said...

What a dear friend you have in Bo. I love finding these out of the ordinary ornaments and to have a friend so generous that she shares them? How blessed are you! Lovely post, lovely presents...beautiful care. Thanks for sharing!

prof en retraite said...

Oh how nice! That Bo is a sweetie, isn't she? Hugs...Debbie

Michelle said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. It's so nice when God sends special people into our daily paths isn't it?!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I am following your blog now, so I hope to get to know you!
We live in Alexis, if you know where that is--only like 15 minutes from you! Have a wonderful weekend!

bj said...

Oh, yes, Bo is the Sweetheart of BLOGLAND and I love her so much I could kiss her... And, I'm not gay, either..
Now, about that spacing problem....I am reading Amelia's comment here but not understanding...(I may not be gay but I'm s.l.o.w.) I don't know what keystrokes she is talking about....and I have spacing problems, too...
xo bj

Kristens Creations said...

Bo is such a sweet lady who always leaves such nice encouraging comments on everyone's blog. Love the ornaments she sent to you! Kristen

Bo said...

Hi head is still puffed up...I hope you don't mind but I just tagged you for a QUICK & EASY TAG (I promise)...If you have time to do it great, if not, just let it slide...I'll still love you!
♥ Bo

nikkicrumpet said...

Bo is one of the sweetest people in blogland. She makes me smile and laugh everyday. I'm glad you found her too. What a lovely post..and what lovely things she sent!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Penny, Bo, is indeed one of the most special folks you'd ever want to meet here in Blogland! I'm so glad you guys met because you are both absolute gems! I can explain something I do that fixes the spacing issue but I'd rather do it via email. So, let me know if you are still having that problem and I can tell you how I fix it.